Payback Stories Archive

28 June 2009
Longmont, COA 12-year-old boy was killed Sunday when stomped on by a bull that threw him while he was competing in a rodeo in Colorado, authorities said. Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Cathy Bryarly said the youth was tossed from the bull’s back before he completed the 6-second ride and the animal’s rear legs came down on his lower abdomen, missing a protective vest he was wearing, the Longmont Times-Call reported. The accident occurred about 11:20 a.m. during the Little Britches Rodeo at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The boy, whose name wasn’t released, was conscious when rushed to Longmont United Hospital, where he died, Bryarly said. “Although youth rodeo events use animals that are age-appropriate in size and demeanor, there is always an inherent risk to rodeo participants when dealing with these animals,” Sgt. Mike Dimond of the sheriff’s office said in a statement. Dimond later told the newspaper such accidents tend to be rare. “It could happen any time,” he said. “I’m just surprised it doesn’t.”
2 April 2009
Long Beach, CAJeff Twaddle, 54, swallowed a bait fish as a joke in front of elementary students on a field trip Friday. He died after it blocked his airway. A charter boat crew member choked to death after swallowing a bait fish as a joke in front of elementary schoolchildren during a field trip to the Port of Long Beach, authorities said Wednesday. Jeff Twaddle, 54, of Huntington Beach, “was trying to be lighthearted when he put this thing in his mouth” on Friday, said Long Beach Fire Department Chief Frank Hayes. “But it became an airway obstruction, and he lost consciousness and went into full cardiac arrest.””The cause of death was listed as aspiration of fish.”,0,5570516.story

18 December 2008

Three angry monkeys turned on their cruel trainer and beat him with his own stick (See Photos). One of the trio bit him and pulled out handfuls of his hair. When one of the monkeys refused to ride on a child’s bicycle in a street performance in Sizhou, in eastern China, their owner beat it with a stick. Although they were tied to the man with ropes attached to their collars, the monkeys appear to have decided to fight back. The two animals came to the defence of the third monkey, grabbing the stick from the man, pulling on his ear and biting his head. When he dropped his cane, on monkey snatched it up and began beating the trainer on the head until he broke the stick, witnesses said. The dazed trainer told his audience: “They were once wild and these performances don’t always come naturally to them. They may have built up some feelings of hatred towards me.” Local police are apparently investigating allegations of animal cruelty and may confiscate the monkeys from the man. Performances with monkeys are a common sight in markets and squares in China, but the treatment of the animals is frequently criticised by animal rights organisations.

14 December 2008
Jackson County, FL

Resident Dies in Hunting Accident.  A hunting accident takes the life of a Jackson County man.  Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say Terry Herndon of Sneads went hunting yesterday on family property but didn’t return home when expected… FWC spokesman Stan Kirkland says a family member found Herndon around 7:00 p.m.
Authorities say he had fallen from a tree stand and was pronounced dead at the scene…

14 December 2008
Juneau Conty, WI

Man shot, killed in Juneau Co. hunting accident. A 39-year-old hunter has died from a fatal gunshot wound after his firearm discharged. It appears the Mauston man was accidentally shot, Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson said.

13 December 2008
Transylvania, NC

Hunting Accident Kills Man. Victim Died Of Gunshot Wound. One person was killed in a hunting accident in a wooded area off Turkey Pen Road near Brevard, N.C., according to the Transylvania County Dispatch… Dispatch said the victim died from a gunshot wound…”Although the investigation is continuing, at this point it appears to be a tragic hunting accident,” said Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney.

8 December 2008
Charleston, WV

6th hunting death reported in W.Va. buck season. The Division of Natural Resources reports another hunter has died in an all-terrain-vehicle-related accident. The DNR says 60-year-old Alan Roscoe Crouse of Bluefield was killed Friday when the ATV he was riding flipped over.  Crouse suffered head injuries. DNR spokesman Hoy Murphy says Crouse’s death brings the total number of hunters killed during this year’s two-week buck season to six. That’s one more than the total deaths during the 2007 season. Of the hunter deaths this year, Murphy says two were ATV related, two died of apparent heart attacks, one fell from an elevated stand and one fell into a slurry pond. Two victims were hunters from Virginia.

8 December 2008.
Greene County, VA

A Stafford man is dead after being shot while deer hunting in Greene County on Saturday. The accident happened in the Haneytown Road area. A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the 41-year-old man was changing  locations when a member of his hunting party mistook him for a deer. The victim was not wearing the blaze orange that hunters are required to wear during deer hunting season. Authorities say it’s too early to determine whether charges will be filed.

3 December 2008
West Virginia

Jones killed in hunting accident in WV Justin Noah Jones, age 23, of Shinnston, WV, was tracking a deer that he had shot when he inadvertantly fell from a 70 foot high cliff… Rescue teams were called in to rescue Jones from the bottom of the quarry, where he had fallen into a pit of mud. The hunting party Jones was with….originally tried to hoist him up the cliff face with a rope but were unsuccessful due to Jones growing exhausted with the effort. Rescue teams recovered Jones’ body later in the afternoon. Justin managed a building during the Halloween season at Harold’s Haunted Corn Field, Waynesfield, and was a member of the New Hope Christian Center since the age of 10. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad Nathan and he liked composing music and played the guitar and keyboards. Services were held at the Perine Funeral Home, Shinnston, WV, on Wednesday, December 3, at the Pine Bluff United Methodist Church…

1 December 2008
Fairfield County, OH

Ohio hunter dies after fall from tree stand A 60-year-old hunter died Monday morning after apparently falling from a deer hunting tree stand near the Fairfield County-Pickaway County line. Dennis Dale Farmer, of Lowber, Pa., was pronounced dead at the scene by firefighters from the Clearcreek Fire Department shortly after the call was received around noon by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. The death was the first hunting-related death…

30 November 2008.
Beaver Cove, ME

Man dies of gunshot wound while hunting. Wardens are investigating the death of a 55-year-old New Gloucester man who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while hunting in Piscataquis County. The Maine Warden Service said Ernest L. Russell III went hunting by himself on Prong Pond Mountain in Beaver Cove Township shortly after noon on Saturday, the final day of deer hunting season…

29 November 2008.
Glenn County, CA

Duck hunter shot in apparent accident, dies. A day of duck hunting in Glenn County ended in tragedy on Saturday… A pair of brothers from Lincoln, CA were hunting at the Howard Slough wildlife area, when around 9 a.m. one of them was accidentally shot once in the back by a shotgun. The shooter was the victim’s brother. “They were walking approximately 15 feet apart from each other, side to side, the victim was a little bit ahead of the brother. The brother stumbled and fell and after the fall the weapon discharged,” said Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd James…

26 November 2008.
Victoria County, TX

Texas Man Impaled In Freak Hunting Accident. Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy ordered in the death of a Texas man who slipped and fell on a stake while refilling a deer feeder in the back of his truck. Victoria County Sheriff’s officials Ashley Lehmann, 35, of Spring died after he was impaled on a stake used to support the feeder. Another hunter found Lehmann dead at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

24 November 2008.
Wausau, WI

5 shooting incidents,  1 fatality in deer hunt. Five hunters were shot and one died during the opening weekend of Wisconsin’s deer hunt – a number one state safety expert described Monday as fairly typical. A 48-year-old Appleton man died after a member of his hunting party shot him in the chest during a deer drive in Outagamie County on Sunday morning, said Tim Lawhern, safety administrator for the Department of Natural Resources. Two victims shot themselves in the foot, Lawhern said. One was a 45-year-old man who shot himself inside a vehicle while hunting illegally in Washburn County. The other was a 13-year-old boy in Shawano County who shot himself when he pulled his shotgun up to aim at a deer…

24 November 2008.
Mo and KS

According to the following TV news report, there were 6 hunting accidents in Missouri over the last two weeks.
A quail hunter shot his companion in the arm.
A duck hunter lost his balance and shot himself.
A hunter skipped a bullet on the water of a pond and shot his buddy in the leg.
A hunter had a heart attack while hunting.
A hunter suffered a broken leg while hunting.
A hunter got stuck up to his armpits in the mud while hunting.
In Kansas, there have been 10 hunting accidents so far for the year; three of which have been fatal.

21 November 2008.
Red House, VA

Two Thursday hunting incidents investigated. One man was killed and another man was injured in separate hunting accidents Thursday in Central Virginia, according to officials with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The fatality is the second hunting-related death in the area in as many weeks. James Michael DeBrular, 56, of Fairfax, died in southern
Campbell County when his shotgun accidentally discharged, according to Sgt. Chris Thomas, with DGIF. Thomas said DeBrular was hunting by himself in a homemade deer stand, on
property he owned off Honeysuckle Lane, near Red House. Thomas said the initial investigation indicated that DeBrular dropped his 20-gauge shotgun, which discharged, shooting him
in the head…

18 November 2008.
Coventry, VT

Police Investigate Apparent Hunting Accident. Hunter Shoots Another Hunter From Behind. Vermont State Police are investigating what appears to be a  hunting accident in Coventry. A hunter from Alaska was hospitalized after he was apparently shot by another hunter. The victim, Theron Willard, 32, of Anchorage, AK, was seated on a game chair  in a field when he was shot by another hunter, 21-year-old James Rowell of Newport. Rowell told police he was hunting on a knoll close to the field when he saw  a group of deer and attempted to shoot what he thought was a buck with his  hunting rifle. After the shot, Rowell said he heard screaming and realized he had shot another hunter.

18 November 2008.
Shoshone County, ID

Deer Park man killed in Idaho hunting accident. A 57-year-old Deer Park man was killed on Nov. 18 when his hunting partner mistook him for an animal this week in Shoshone County near the Montana border. James R. Hinchcliff died in a forested area after a member of his three-person hunting party shot him in the chest, according to Rod Plank of the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office.

18 November 2008.
Ohio County, KY

Fatal Hunting Accident. A hunting accident turns fatal in Ohio County, Kentucky. According to Kentucky State Police, a hunter was found dead in a deer stand in Ohio County off of Askins Road. The hunter was identified as Glen Felton Junior of Louisville. Officials at the scene say it appears Felton was lifting his rifle up to the deer stand when it accidentally discharged…

18 November 2008.
Midland County, IN

Indianapolis man dies of wound suffered while deer hunting in Midland County. Midland County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the shooting death of a hunter. Corey A. Welch died early Tuesday at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. The 33-year-old Indianapolis, Ind., man suffered a gunshot wound to the back about 5:30 p.m. Sunday…Welch was hunting deer from a blind in Warren Township near Coleman. Investigators believe a 26-year-old Coleman woman, who was hunting from a blind east of Welch’s location, fired the shot that struck Welch…

15 November 2008.
Keene, NY

Elizabethtown Man Killed In Hunting Accident. An Elizabethtown man has been killed in a hunting accident in Essex County. Leo J. Hickey, 35, of Route 9N was shot in the head during a deer drive by Michael Smith, 43, of Lake Placid who thought he was shooting at a deer, State Police said… The shooting occurred off Lacy Road in the Town of Keene. Hickey was pronounced dead at the scene by Essex County Coroner Paul Connery.  An autopsy will be performed…

15 November 2008.
Kansas City, KS

Man Drowns in Duck Hunting Accident North of Kansas City. An Overland Park man is dead when his boat took on water and sank during a duck hunting trip near St. Joesph, Missouri, on Saturday. James Adams, 23, drowned in Belcher Conservation Lake, about 45 minutes north of Kansas City. He and a friend were on the lake setting duck decoys when their boat took on water during windy conditions… Officials with the Missouri Department of Conservation said this is the fourth hunting accident in Northern Missouri in the past week. They said there were three accidental shootings in neighboring Livingstone County in a four-day period.

13 November 2008.
Dewey County, SD

Man Dies In Dewey County Accident. The FBI says a man from southeast South Dakota died in what is believed to have been a hunting accident. The FBI’s Bob Perry says several people were riding in a vehicle as part of a hunting outing on Sunday when a firearm in the vehicle discharged and killed one of the occupants….,7636511/13/2008

12 November 2008.
Hart County, SC

Eddie McCurley injured in deer hunting accident. A Hart County man lost part of his right arm in a hunting accident, according to Investigator Marshall Norton of the Sheriff’s Office. Eddie McCurley, 54, received injuries when his gun discharged into his forearm Nov. 9. McCurley told Norton a rung on the ladder broke as he was climbing out of a deer stand on his property around 6 p.m. …McCurley was transported to AnMed Health Medical Center, where his part of his right arm was amputated below the elbow…

10 November 2008.
Crosslake, MN

Crosby man dies in hunting accident. A 25-year-old Crosby man has died in a hunting accident on the opening weekend of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says it appears Christopher Stirewalt accidentally shot himself Sunday while hunting in Fifty Lakes Township, north of Crosslake… At least two other hunters were injured in separate incidents in Cass County…

9 November 2008.
St. Johns, AZ

A man who police believe was shot and killed by his 8-year-old son had consulted a Roman Catholic priest about whether the boy should handle guns and had taught him how to use a rifle, the clergyman said Saturday. The father, Vincent Romero, 29, was from a family of avid hunters and wanted to make sure the boy wasn’t afraid of guns, said the Very Rev. John Paul Sauter of St. Johns Catholic Church. The boy’s stepmother had suggested he have a BB gun, the priest said. Romero taught his son how to use a rifle to kill prairie dogs, Sauter said.
Police say the boy used a .22-caliber rifle Wednesday to kill his father and another man, Timothy Romans, 39, of San Carlos…,0,2950532.story

5 November 2008.
Pickens County, SC

Easley Man Dies After Being Shot By Friend. The Pickens County Coroner’s Office says that William Ficklin, of 155 Lumber Mill Dr., Easley, was killed from a gunshot wound to the chest. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office says that Ficklin had been hunting with a 17-year old friend Gary Medlin earlier in the day…The sheriff’s office says that Medlin laid the gun on the table it discharged and shot Ficklin in the chest…

4 November 2008.
Garland, Texas

Garland officer dies in hunting accident. A Garland police officer died this weekend after falling from a deer stand during a hunting trip with his son and two other officers in Snyder.  Keith Prinz, 42, of Rockwall died Saturday after he lost his grip while spraying for wasps. He fell from the deer stand and was impaled on a metal fence post, said Scurry County Sheriff Darren Jackson…

4 November 2008.
Calgary, Canada

Calgary man shot, killed in hunting accident. A 60-year-old Calgary man was shot dead in a hunting accident Monday in northern Alberta, police say… The man was staying with relatives when, police said, he spotted some deer on Monday at around 9:30 a.m. The victim then went hunting for the animals with a partner…The two got separated at some point during the hunt, with the Calgary man walking into a treed area while his partner waited in a nearby field. Later, the partner took a shot into the treed area and struck the victim, who was killed…

3 November 2008.
Hackney, East London

Drum craftsman dies after catching anthrax from skins. A drum maker who inhaled anthrax spores while working with imported animal skins died yesterday.  Fernando Gomez, 35, from Hackney, east London, had been treated at the Homerton University Hospital since being taken ill last week. Mr Gomez’s flat was sealed off by the Health Protection Agency for examination and his workshop will be checked to identify from where the anthrax originated. Seven other people who had been in the room where the skins were prepared were given antibiotics as a precautionary measure. The HPA said nobody else had developed symptoms. Professor Nigel Lightfoot, the HPA’s chief adviser, said those who live near the flat or workshop are not at risk.”It is important to stress that it is the making of animal skin drums that is the risk for coming into contact with anthrax rather than playing or handling drums,” he said. “We are, however, keen to reiterate to all individuals who make drums from imported animal skins that there is a risk of coming into contact with anthrax and they should take precautions to protect themselves.” Jules Pipe, the mayor of Hackney, said: “This is an extremely rare case and this type of anthrax cannot be passed from person to person.” The last death of this kind in Britain was in 2006 when Christopher Norris, 50, a craftsman from Stobs, near Hawick in Scotland, died after inhaling anthrax. Mr Norris made artworks and musical instruments, including drums.

2 November 2008.
Carroll County, OH

Hunter Killed After Falling From Tree Stand. A hunter, who never returned home from a day in the woods on Saturday, was found dead late Saturday night in Carroll County after reportedly falling out of a tree stand. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Kevin Shaw of Massillon, Ohio. …Deputies said the victim was in a tree stand on Canyond Road in Union Township. That’s where the found his body suspended 20-feet above the ground.

29 October 2008.
Helena, MT

Man hospitalized after he was shot while hunting. A 24-year-old Broadwater County man remains hospitalized after he was shot in the face while hunting over the weekend. Susan Gregg-Hanson, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center, said Luke Keuffer was listed in serious condition.

23 October 2008.
Northern Florida

Hunter Dies in Opening Weekend Accident. WPBF in northern Florida reported that a 73-year-old man died over the weekend when he tried to remove a loaded muzzleloader rifle from his truck. The gun accidentally discharged, hitting Johnny G. Hurst in the chest. He was pronounced dead on the scene. And what makes it even worse is that his wife and two sons witnessed the accident…

23 October 2008.

Man Injured in Hunting Accident. A moose hunter is in critical condition after being shot by another hunter who mistook him for a bear.  Vermont State Police say John Boppel, 46, of Ashland, Pa., is facing reckless endangerment charges in the shooting of Calvin Noble of Granby.  Police say Boppel was moose hunting when he saw what he believed was a bear under a tree.  Boppel fired one shot, hitting Noble in the hip area. Police say more charges are possible.

22 October 2008.
Thirteenth Lake, PA

Hunter accidentally shot in foot. A Pennsylvania man was injured when he accidentally shot himself with a rifle while hunting in woods near Thirteenth Lake on Wednesday morning.

13 October 2008.
Idaho Falls, ID

Idaho man shot in hunting accident. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says a 53-year-old southeastern Idaho man was shot in the leg while duck hunting…. Police say Pancheri and a friend were duck hunting in Madison County last week while another group was hunting for deer in the same area. Madison County authorities say a deer hunter fired his gun at the same time Pancheri was shot.

12 October 2008.
Chester County, SC

Hunting Accident Leaves One Man Dead. Deputies in Chester County, S.C., are investigating a fatal hunting accident. Authorities said a man and his son were hunting in Sumter National Forest at about 7 p.m. Saturday. Investigators said either the father or son shot at what they thought was a deer, but it turned out to be a person. Authorities told the Herald that 33-year-old Touna Xiong of York was hunting in the woods when he was shot in the back…. Saturday was the first day hunters could hunt deer with guns.

10 October 2008.

A 71-year old hunter died after the attack by a wild pig last Wednesday evening. The boar was shot and wounded and when the hunters chased him into a corn
field, the boar counter-attacked (and died later).

7 October 2008.
Johnson City, TN

Hunter Killed in Archery Hunting Accident. A 62-year-old Washington County man from Johnson City, was fatally wounded on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, while deer hunting, according to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokesman Allen Ricks. Roy C. Emert was going archery hunting on the opening day of the archery-only deer season when the accident occurred. Emert was found near where he had parked his truck. According to the investigation, it appears that a 9 mm pistol Emert was carrying fell out of his pocket and struck the ground, causing
it to discharge. The bullet struck him in the heart…

18 September 2008
Woolstock, Iowa

Hunter accidentally shoots partner, kills self. Police say a man accidentally shot and killed his hunting partner in Wright County on Thursday, then committed suicide shortly after leading police to the body. Officers were notified Thursday morning that a man had accidentally shot his partner in a public hunting area north of Woolstock. The hunter took authorities to a heavily wooded area where the first shooting had occurred. While officers were searching for that victim, the second hunter died of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound…Wright County Sheriff Paul Schultz said the men were hunting squirrels.,0,2840079.story

16 September 2008
Tulare, California

Max Corbett, 61, is killed by a bull while herding cows toward a milking barn. He taught generations of students. At 61, Max Corbett had taught thousands of high school students about handling dairy cattle and built a reputation as one of California’s most seasoned agricultural educators. So when he was killed by a bull from his school district’s own herd, the shock reverberated throughout the farm community of Tulare, where he taught for 33 years. “That’s the hardest part for kids to figure out: How could this happen to someone who’s so knowledgeable about animals?” said Julie Locke, one of Corbett’s former students who owns a Tulare dairy supply company. Early Sunday, Corbett and his wife, Mary, went to do chores at the Tulare Joint Unified High School District’s 98-acre farm. Corbett, the farm’s manager for the last 25 years, was herding cows toward the milking barn when the bull, for unknown reasons, attacked. After a frantic call from Mary Corbett, who was in the milking barn during the attack, police held the bull at bay in order to extract Corbett. After the animal made an aggressive move, they shot him with a Taser and had him trucked away for slaughter, a Tulare police spokesman said. About 900 students take agriculture courses at Tulare high schools. Tulare County produces more milk than any other U.S. county. The farm managed by Corbett runs the only high school dairy operation in America, according to district officials. Police have tentatively attributed Corbett’s death to “blunt-force trauma” from the bull’s head. A coroner’s report is to be released today. Just why the incident occurred may never be known. School district officials said that an employee at the farm told Corbett on Saturday night that the bull, not ordinarily aggressive, had charged him hours earlier. Still, dairy farmers know that cattle are unpredictable. “A bull you trust can turn around and hit you before you know it,” said Tony Souza, a Tulare dairyman who attended Cal State Fresno with Corbett.

16 August 2008

Ex-cop accidentally killed himself. A retired Bensalem police officer accidentally killed himself while attempting to shoot a snapping turtle behind his home in Northampton, the Bucks County Coroner’s office said Friday. “From the upward trajectory of the bullet, it doesn’t appear that this was anything other than a truly sad accident,” said Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell. “It looks like he was trying to shoot at the turtle, when he slipped on some logs and accidentally shot himself in the chest.” Kevin Lawler’s body was discovered in the backyard of his home Thursday afternoon. Investigators also found netting, which Lawler may have used to try to catch the turtle, Campbell said. Investigators said the gun used in the accident shooting was a .25 caliber automatic handgun. Kathleen Lawler, his wife, said a snapping turtle had been attacking birds on the property. Kevin Lawler was a former canine officer for the Bensalem Police Department. He was lauded by Bensalem Township in 2002 after breaking through a fence and jumping onto a deck engulfed in flames to save a trapped dog. Lawler served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

8 July 2008
Mendocino, California

Woman Shoots Herself While Trying to Kill Mice. A Mendocino County woman who was trying to kill mice in her trailer with a gun ended up shooting herself and another person. The 43-year-old woman pulled out her .44-caliber Magnum revolver after she saw the mice scurrying across the floor of her trailer on Highway 20 in Potter Valley, sheriff’s officials said. But she accidentally dropped the gun, which went off as it struck the floor. The bullet went through the woman’s kneecap, bounced off the keys sitting on the belt loop of a 42-year-old man in the trailer and grazed the man’s groin before ending up in his coin pocket. Authorities did not release the shooting victims’ names. The mice escaped the shooting unharmed.,2933,378142,00.html

17 June 2008
Cornwall, UK

We are proud and privileged to pay tribute to Countryside Campaigner and Master of Foxhounds David Latham who sadly died recently whilst travelling through India.  David, who lived in Cornwall, drowned in a swimming accident in the Arabian Sea off Goa while celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife Jo. David was an extremely well known and admired figure in the hunting world and was the south west chairman of the Countryside Alliance for many years. In 1997 he was instrumental in organising the march from Penzance to London as part of the protests against the hunting ban…

22 May 2008
West Yorkshire, UK

West Yorkshire pilots lost control in bad weather. A father, his son and two friends were killed after their helicopter crashed in appalling weather, moments after tryingto make an emergency landing, investigators said… Peter Patrick, 68, from Arkholme, near Carnforth, Lancashire, was with his son, Anderson Patrick, 37, of Askwith, West Yorkshire, who was at the controls of the helicopter, along with their friends, Gary Priestley, 39, of Hipperholme, Halifax, West Yorkshire, and Tim Newburn, 39, of Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Mr Patrick Snr, a successful businessman, had just started his retirement and was a former Master of the Vale of Lune Hunt in Lancashire andale Hunt in Yorkshire… All four men had set off on August 3 last year on a hunting trip to Scotland aboard the Robinson R44 II Raven helicopter.

22 May 2006
New Zealand

Walker still unconscious after fall. One of the country’s top jockeys had not regained consciousness last night after a pig-hunting accident in Taranaki that left him fighting for his life. Michael Walker, 24, was carrying a pig during a hunting trip in Okau, northeast of New Plymouth, on Tuesday when he tumbled down a 10m bank.

17 May 2008
Twin Bridges, MT

Richard Lower Dies at 78; Transplanted Animal and Human Hearts. Dr. Richard R. Lower, whose daring heart surgeries on animals in the 1950s helped pave the way for the first successful transplant of a human heart in 1967, died on May 17 in Twin Bridges, Mont. He was 78. The cause was pancreatic cancer, his family said. As a surgical resident at Stanford University in 1959, Dr. Lower transplanted part of a dog’s heart to a second dog, which lived for eight days, shattering a previous survival record of seven hours. He was working with Dr. Norman E. Shumway, who became a towering figure in cardiac surgery and eventually oversaw the transplanting of 800 human hearts. One innovation was to leave in place sections of the recipient heart’s upper chambers, which shortened the duration of the operation. But when an infection took hold, Dr. Lower and Dr. Shumway euthanized the dog and drew a prescient conclusion: that difficulties in transplants would no longer be technical or tied to problems in surgery so much as to conquering infection and the patient’s immune response. Dr. Lower (pronounced LAU-er) continued to experiment with animal transplants after moving to the Medical College of Virginia, in Richmond, in 1965. A rush to apply the procedure in human cases of severe cardiac disease and malfunction was inevitable, and a South African surgeon, Dr. Christiaan N. Barnard, performed the first successful human heart transplant in 1967. Dr. Barnard had visited Dr. Lower’s laboratory in 1966 and studied the Shumway-Lower approach and technique.

1 May 2008
Cheney, WA

Fatal fall out hunting. An 84-year-old huntswoman suffered a fatal fall from her horse when it tried to jump a barbed-wire fence, an inquest heard yesterday. Sheila Castle fell headfirst after her horse collapsed on its stomach in front of other members of the Dunston Harriers, of which she was senior acting joint master. Mrs Castle, of Hellesdon Mill Lane, Norwich, was passionate about horse-riding and hunting and was one of the oldest active masters of the hunt in the country. The hearing in Norwich was told that the retired teacher was experiencing difficulties with her horse, Indi, at the Dunston Harriers event at Snetterton on February 10. Witness statements, read by Greater Norfolk coroner William Armstrong, described the horse twice refusing to jump. “She looked fairly cross with Indi when he refused a second time,” said witness Rebecca Burgess.

She added that the horse veered towards a wire fence and Mrs Castle didn’t make any attempt to stop him jump it. “The horse came down on his stomach and she fell headfirst on to the ground,” she said. Another witness, Alexander McKinnon Smith, said that on the third attempt at the jump, Indi had veered off and “tried to go through a barbed-wire fence”. The horse managed to get up and run away and did not touch Mrs Castle once she was on the ground. Mrs Castle was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where she later died of head injuries. Mr Armstrong recorded a verdict of accidental death. At the time of her death, Stephen Vincent, chairman of the hunt, described Mrs Castle as an “insti-tution” who had been with Dunston Harriers for more than 35 years. A mother of three sons, she was a vociferous campaigner against the ban on fox hunting. On Boxing Day last year she led the hunt from Wymondham Market Place after a speech in which she thanked the crowd, farmers and landowners for their support.

22 April 2008
Cheney, WA

BIG BEAR CITY- A bear attacked and killed an animal trainer in Big Bear on Tuesday afternoon. The San Bernardino County Fire Department confirmed a call came in around 2:40 p.m. from Predators in Action, Inc., indicating there was a bear attack. Sheriff’s deputies from the Big Bear Lake Station went to Predators In Action, at 43676 Eagle Rd., responding to a report of an animal attack. San Bernardino County Fire personnel were first to arrive on scene, where they confirmed the death of a trainer working with a bear. According to authorities, three trainers were outside the facility in a fenced-in area training a 5-year-old grizzly bear. The bear lunged at one of the trainers and bit him on the neck. The trainer, 39-year-old Stephan Miller from Canyon Country, died at the scene. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Phelps said the bear was a 5-year-old male named Rocky. The Predators in Action Web site says Rocky is 7-and-a-half feet tall, weighs 700 pounds and appeared in a scene in “Semi-Pro” in which Will Ferrell’s character wrestles a bear to promote his basketball team. Pepper spray was used to subdue the bear and there were no other injuries. The bear was confined at the animal sanctuary. The Department of Fish and Game will decide the bear’s fate after an investigation, Tiffany Swantek, a spokeswoman for the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, told the San Bernardino Sun Tuesday. Randy Miller is a stuntman and the operator of Predators in Action. Stephan Miller is Randy’s cousin, said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Beavers. Predators in Action Inc. trains exotic animals such as lions, tigers and leopards for films and photo shoots. The Web site for the company described itself as having “a perfect safety record with absolutely no accidents or mishaps.”

19 April 2008
Belle Plain, MN

The Belle Plaine man who fatally shot his 8-year-old son in the chest while turkey hunting Saturday did not have a license to hunt. Anthony Klaseus, 39, paid $3 to enter a lottery and was drawn for a license. But he failed to buy the $18 license to hunt legally, said Sibley County Sheriff Bruce Ponath and authorities from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It’s one of the most common violations, said Mike Hammer, DNR education coordinator in the enforcement division. The DNR can cite violators directly only if they’re caught in the act, he said, but can investigate cases after the fact and forward them to the county attorney’s office for possible charges. Ponath said the license violation is part of the larger investigation, which his office hopes to complete in seven to 10 days. Klaseus was hunting with his son, Hunter, in a Sibley County farm field. He told his son, Hunter, to stay put as he snuck into nearby woods, but the boy followed. His father mistook him for a turkey and shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun. Both were wearing camouflage gear, which is legal for turkey hunting. Ponath said one of the property owner’s sons has said Klaseus didn’t have permission to hunt there. Authorities are investigating whether another of the owner’s sons may have granted permission. Hunters can hunt on private, non-agricultural land without asking permission if the property does not have “no trespassing” signs posted or if they have not been told by the owner to stay off. Klaseus does not have any hunting or fishing violations on record, according to the DNR. Hunter’s funeral was held Wednesday. He would have turned 9 next week.

8 April 2008
Cheney, WA

Hunter falls to death from cliff while setting turkey blind. A turkey hunter fell to his death in southwest Spokane County, apparently while setting up a blind on a 40-foot cliff. Sheriff’s deputies say the 71-year-old Cheney man left home Saturday or Sunday to assemble the turkey blind. A neighbor became concerned when he failed to return by Monday afternoon. The neighbor found the man’s body about 5 p.m. at the base of a cliff on the east shore of Badger Lake, south of Cheney. Deputies say they found a hammer near a stake by the edge of the cliff, indicating the man was driving the stake into the ground and lost his footing, became dizzy or fainted.

7 April 2008

Two die in Spain from human form of mad cow disease. Two people have died in Spain from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of mad cow disease, the health department of the regional Castilla-Leon government said on Monday. The Carlos III Institute, which specializes in epidemics, said it had logged three deaths from vCJD since 2005, including those announced in Castilla-Leon. A health department spokesman from the northern region said one person had died of vCJD 15 to 20 days ago, and one in late December or early January. Juan Jose Badiola, the director for Spain’s National Reference Centre for Transmitted Spongiform Encephalopathy, said there was no cause for alarm. “It is most likely that both victims contracted the disease more than eight years ago,” Badiola said in a report by Europa Press. The European Union in January 2001 banned the use of animal and bone meal in animal feed in order to prevent the spread of mad cow disease and vCJD. The National Health Service in Britain, where several deaths from vCJD have been reported, says on its Web site that similar infections take between 15 and 20 years to become active. Mad cow disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, first emerged in Britain in the 1980s and has been found in herds in several European and other countries. Scientists believe it is transmitted through infected meat and bone meal fed to cattle
and may cause vCJD in humans.

31 March 2008
Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada.

Boat capsizes in Canada seal hunt, three reported dead. CAP-AUX-MEULES, Canada (AFP) — A fishing boat carrying seal hunters capsized Saturday in ice-covered waters off Canada’s east coast, a fisheries department official said, with Canadian media reporting three dead. According to seal hunters working in the region, the accident left up to four people dead, but officials could not immediately confirm the toll. Canadian media reported that rescue teams recovered the bodies of three sealers and were continuing a search for a fourth… Conditions are treacherous this year, with several boats caught in ice up to 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) thick on the gulf.

21 March 2008
Polk County, FL.

Turkey Hunter Mistakenly Shoots, Kills Camouflaged Man In Tree. A camouflaged hunter sitting in a tree was accidentally shot and killed Friday by another hunter trying to shoot a turkey, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said Michael Shane Hasting, 40, was hunting with his 6-year-old son at the River Ranch Acres Hunt Club Friday and spotted a turkey. Hasting fired at the turkey and moved forward to see if he hit the bird. He then discovered that he accidentally shot Randall Williamson of Pompano Beach. Williamson was in the wooded area sitting in what is known as a squatter’s chair and wearing camouflage clothing and mesh over his face, according to a Polk County sheriff’s news release. He was also holding a camouflage shotgun…

10 March 2008
New Zealand

Man accidentally shot with arrow while hunting. A Northland man had to wait in dense bush for over an hour while emergency services tried to reach him after he was shot with an arrow while goat hunting this morning. The 24-year-old man was hunting with friends for goats in dense bush near Wellsford, when another hunter accidentally shot him in the chest…

3 March 2008
Hyde Park, VT

Jury Convicts Teen for Hunting Accident. A jury has convicted a Lamoille County teenager for shooting another hunter. Police say 18-year-old Eric Patch was bird hunting in Hyde Park two years ago, when he shot another hunter out of a tree stand. Andy Gates was hit with at least three-dozen pellets. He survived. Patch told police he thought Gates was a partridge. A jury convicted Patch on aggravated assault charges. That carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. No hunter has ever gone to jail in Vermont for a non-fatal hunting accident.

11 February 2008

Father shoots son in hunting accident. A 25 year old man was killed yesterday when he was hit by a stray shot, believed to have been fired by his father, during an organised hunt in woods in Valdeazores, near Los Navalucillos in the province of Toledo at around 4pm yesterday afternoon. Over the last three months, three hunters have been killed and a fourth seriously injured in similar incidents. On the 24th November a man was killed near Tarragona during a hunt in which the victim’s father was also participating. Two weeks before that, a 58 year old man was injured in Osuna (Sevilla), the same day that two men accidentally shot themselves with their own weapons in separate accidents in Castellón province.

11 February 2008
Norwich, UK

An 84-year-old huntswoman and “stalwart of the countryside” who campaigned tirelessly against the hunting ban died Sunday morning after falling from her horse. Sheila Castle, who pledged in December to ensure that hunting survived long after the politicians who banned it, was badly injured while out with Norfolk’s Dunston Harriers for whom she was acting hunt master. Witnesses said her horse, Indi, shied at a jump and became entangled in barbed wire. Mrs Castle was airlifted to hospital in Norwich after the accident near Snetterton on Saturday lunchtime, but doctors said that her chances of survival were slim and her life support machine was turned off at 10am yesterday. Friends said that although her husband Bill, aged 83, a retired dentist, and three adult sons Winstone, Laurence and Henry, were still numb with shock, they took comfort from
knowing that their mother had died doing what she loved.”There aren’t many of us who get our dying wish but that was Sheila’s,” said family friend Helen Yallop. “To be following the hounds, in the hunting field, it’s what we’d all wish for.” She said that Mrs Castle, from Hellesdon, Norfolk, had been determined to keep the sport going after the ban. During a speech to a record number of supporters who turned out on Boxing Day last year, Mrs Castle said: “I can assure you that we intend to stay and we shall be here long after the politicians have written their memoirs.” Margaret Wilkins, whose daughters grew up hunting alongside Mrs Castle, said: “We are all terribly sad but Sheila would not want that. Instead, we will plan a huge hunt meet next week to remember her the way she would have wanted. She will pass into local legend.”

7 February 2008
Market Drayton, UK

Rider, 49, dies after hunt fall. A Shropshire man who fell from his horse while out on a hunt has died in hospital four days after the accident.
Mike Slater, 49, was airlifted to hospital with a spinal injury after the accident in Norton in Hales, Market Drayton, on Saturday. He was riding on a legal trail hunt with the North Staffordshire Hunt, his family and friends said in a statement. Mr Slater ran Aston Manor Liveries with his wife Debbie. He died in hospital in Staffordshire on Wednesday. He had been involved in another riding accident in 2003, but made a full recovery…

31 January 2008
Old Dalby, UK

Quorn senior joint-master Joss Hanbury suffers neck injury. Quorn senior joint-master Joss Hanbury was admitted to hospital with a severe neck injury after a heavy fall while hunting with the Quorn on Monday, 28 January, near Old Dalby. Joss, also well known as a leading team chase rider, suffered the fall over a timber fence and was taken by ambulance to the Queen’s Medical Hospital, Nottingham, where he was admitted for surgery. Joss has been joint master for 10 years, and served six years in a previous Quorn mastership.

19 January 2008
Calhoun County, FL

Two men shot while hunting, one dies.On January 19, 35-year-old Matthew Curenton died after fellow hunter and best friend Matthew Riley, 31, shot at a deer that stopped in the road between the pair. Riley was about 800 feet from Curenton. They were on a private hunting lease in Calhoun County. The .308 caliber rifle bullet struck Curenton in the chest. Riley preformed CPR on Curenton until EMS personnel arrived. Curenton was taken to Calhoun-Liberty County Hospital where he was pronounced dead… There have been four hunting accidents in Northwest Florida since the beginning of the hunting season in October. Saturday’s fatality marks the first fatal accident in the state this year.

8 January 2008
Houston, TX

A tracking dog apparently stepped on a loaded shotgun in the bed of his owner’s pickup truck, firing a fatal blast into the man’s thigh during a goose hunt, officials said. Perry Alvin Price III died at a hospital Saturday from severe blood loss from his femoral artery shortly after the southeast Texas accident. According to Chambers County sheriff’s investigators, Price was hunting on a lease near Stowell, about 60 miles east of Houston, when he shot down a goose. Price, 46, then set the gun in the back of his truck and was about to open the tailgate to release his tracking dog when the shotgun fired, investigators said. The blast penetrated the truck’s tailgate before hitting Price. Paw prints from the dog, a chocolate Labrador retriever named Arthur, were found on the muddy shotgun, Sheriff Joe LaRive said. Daniel Groberg, Price’s hunting partner, said he tried to stop the bleeding with clothing before driving him to seek help. “It’s the strangest case that I’ve seen,” LaRive said. “We couldn’t talk to Perry and Groberg was at the front of the truck when he heard the shotgun blast and didn’t see what happened.”

6 January 2008

Armed robber is shot dead after hunting rabbits. A VIOLENT armed robber with extensive underworld and drug-smuggling connections was shot dead as he returned from a trip hunting rabbits yesterday morning…Detectives were uncertain of the motive behind the murder of Lynch, which happened shortly after midnight. A lone gunman approached a minivan carrying Lynch and five others who had just returned for a day’s rabbit hunting in the countryside outside the town…

2 January 2008

A Colombian bullfighter was hospitalized after being gored by a bull. Viewer discretion is advised.

30 December 2007.
East Peoria, IL

Hunter’s Body Found In Pond. A Kewanee man is dead after an apparent hunting mishap in Peoria County Friday. Search crews pulled the body of 64-year-old Gary Zarvell from a Brimfield pond late Friday afternoon. Authorities say Zarvell received permission to hunt geese on the property…On late Friday morning the property owner noticed a capsized boat on the pond….Investigators believe Zarvell went out on a rowboat to recover the geese and somehow flipped the boat over and drowned…

6 November 2007
Saxeville, WI

Abattoir transporter driver dies at the wheel. Fond tributes have been paid to a Llanelli grand-dad who died at the wheel of a lorry. David Williams, of Bryn Morlais, is thought to have suffered a heart attack just before colliding with a First Cymru bus in Maesteg…The 62-year-old had been driving a lorry carrying lamb back to Dafen abattoir TWM, where he had been employed for 40 years…

16 November 2007
Saxeville, WI

Teen dies after being shot by member of hunting party. A grandfather fatally shot his 18-year-old grandson in northwestern Waushara County during the opening weekend of Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer-hunting season, a warden says. David R. Ruck from the Saxeville area died at a Neenah hospital after he was shot Sunday morning, Sheriff David R. Peterson said… Ruck had been shot in the upper leg and inner groin, Peterson said, adding that the shooter said he mistook Ruck for a deer. The sheriff’s department and state Department of Natural Resources were investigating…–HunterShot.xml

16 November 2007
East Berlin, CT

Man Shot Accidentally While Hunting In Berlin. A 51-year old East Berlin man was taken by Life Star to Hartford Hospital Friday morning after being wounded in the lower left leg while deer hunting off Beckley Road in Berlin. Police said the man was in a heavily wooded area on private property with his stepson and a friend. Police said they believe his stepson accidentally shot him.

12 November 2007
Fargo, North Dakota

Minn. hunter hospitalized after weekend shooting in N.D. A Minnesota hunter was reported in guarded condition at a Fargo hospital after being shot in south central North Dakota over the weekend. Authorities said Ron Mehl, 37, of Eden Prairie, was shot in the chest Saturday while he was with a hunting party in a corn field near Lehr.

11 November 2007
Nemidji, Minnesota

Melrose hunter dies in fall from tree stand. A hunter from Melrose, Minn., died after falling 20 feet from a deer stand, authorities said. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Vossen, 47, fell Saturday morning when the strap holding his portable deer stand broke.

5 November 2007

4 Hunters Shot in Minnesota Deer Hunting Opener. At least four hunters were shot and one killed in Minnesota during the opening weekend of the deer season. Local police are investigating all of the shootings and all appear to be accidental….

5 November 2007
Warrensburg, Mo.

Associated Press: Bull rider dies after being stomped by bull. A 21-year-old professional bull rider from Missouri died after being stomped by a bull he had just ridden. Joshua J. “Cody” Brunner of Warrensburg, Mo., died Saturday night after he was stepped on by a bull in a United Rodeo Association event, Topeka police said. He died after being taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. Autopsy results released Monday by the Shawnee County coroner’s office said the cause of death was “blunt force injuries.” Brunner had completed his eight-second ride and was injured as he dismounted the bull. He was sixth in earnings for the season, with $1,537 heading into the URA finals Saturday.

3 November, 2007
Elbow Lake, MN

Elbow Lake deer hunter is shot in chest and dies. An Elbow Lake, Minn., hunter died after he was shot in the chest on Saturday, the opening day of the firearms deer-hunting season. The 60-year-old man, whose name was not available Saturday night, was “posting,” or waiting for deer to emerge, as others in his hunting party flushed them out of tall grass in a slough area about a mile and a half southeast of Elbow Lake, said Grant County Sheriff Dwight Walvatne.

29 October, 2007
Tama, Iowa

A Tama man was injured when hunting dogs stepped on his gun. Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said James Harris, 37, was pheasant hunting with a group about three miles north of Grinnell when the accident happened. Officials said the group had shot a bird and when Harris went to retrieve it, he put his gun on the ground and crossed a fence. As he crossed the fence, hunting dogs stepped on his gun causing it to fire. Harris was shot in the lower left leg. He was treated at Grinnell Medical Center and later transferred by
helicopter to University Hospitals in Iowa City. His condition has not been released. The investigation is continuing.

15 October 2007

A bear attacked and injured two elk hunters in Jamtland, northern Sweden, where a hunter was killed by a different bear last week. The men were flown to hospital by helicopter but their condition was not known. Police are hunting the animal.

5 October 2007
Kaziranga (Assam)

Angry mother rhino kills poacher in Kaziranga. A poacher responsible for killing several rhinos in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park met his end when a female rhinoceros with a calf gored him to death when he went on another hunting mission in the protected area. Gaonbura Ronfar, alias Babu, a resident of Koliabor sub-division of Assam, was killed by a female rhino on Sep 23 inside the Kukurakota forest range on the fringe of Kaziranga, an official disclosed Friday. ‘It took almost 10 days to conclusively identify the person,’ range ffficer of the park Ekramul Muzid said. Gaonbura Ronfar reportedly entered the Kukurakota reserve forest at night along with an accomplice, who belonged to the Paite community of Nagaland, to hunt rhinos, a protected animal. An angry female, which had a calf along with it, attacked the two men in self-defence. While Ronfar died on the spot, his accomplice managed to escape. ‘We searched for his body in the Kukurakota forest range for four days but we couldn’t find it. We established his identity through our intelligence network,’ he said. Ronfar’s accomplice passed on the message of his death to his family through a local youth. But his family members kept his death a secret, fearing public anger. Villagers have been made aware of the need to protect wildlife and report poaching activities to the authorities. Muzid came to know of the incident and started a probe. Initially, Ronfar’s family members insisted that his death was due to natural causes, but on further questioning they confessed the real cause of death. Ronfar had been arrested for poaching in 2003, but was released due to lack of evidence. Rhinos are hunted for their horn, wrongly believed to be an aphrodisiac, and for their skin, which is also used in some traditional systems of medicine.

25 August 2007
Tillamook, Oregon

A Tillamook-area man died this afternoon while bow hunting after falling 250 feet down a rocky cliff, police said. Timothy Lee Harrison, 46, was hunting with his brother, William Harrison, 50, on private property about three miles north of Trask River Road when he fell to his death…

21 August 2007
Lincoln, Illinois

Mad cow takes life of teacher at C-EL. Classes at Chester-East Lincoln School will be cancelled Thursday following the death late Saturday of learning disabilities teacher Connie Albert from a human form of mad cow disease. A C-EL school board meeting scheduled for this evening will go on as planned. Albert began showing symptoms of the disease about three months ago when her vision began to be impaired, according to her brother, Bob Thomas, who is also Logan County coroner. Thomas said spinal fluid sent to a lab in Columbus, Ohio, confirmed the diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease after doctors, first at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and then Memorial Medical Center in Springfield were stymied. Thomas said a doctor at Memorial finally began to suspect mad cow disease and called in an associate from another hospital who had a patient with the disease. The disease is extremely rare in the U.S., literally a one in a million chance of contracting the disease. Thomas said the only time his sister has been out of the country was a trip to Canada about three years ago. Also, the disease has a very long incubation period, up to 40 years. Albert was 57 at the time of her death. Albert tried working for a bit, but once the diagnosis was made, she went to hospice for care, Thomas said. She came home once the end was near. The disease is always fatal and kills by eating away the brain. With the more common human form, the brain becomes spongy, perforated with holes. Thomas said health officials would not know which form of the disease Albert had without an autopsy, but the family has decided against performing the procedure. As the disease in his sister progressed, Thomas said, dementia set in.”She would go round and round in circles, and couldn’t find the bathroom. At the end, she didn’t know my name.” Albert, a teacher since 1973, began teaching at Beason Grade School in 1984 and transferred to C-EL in 1994. She was married to Jack Albert, had two sons, Frank Yeates and Casey Albert, both of Lincoln, and a daughter, Bridget Yeates, also of Lincoln. She was the daughter of Robert and Emogene Thomas.

19 August 2007
Brisbane, Australia

An Australian woman was killed by a pet camel given to her as a 60th birthday present after the animal apparently tried to have sex, police said Sunday. The woman, whose name was not released, was killed Saturday at her family’s sheep and cattle ranch near Mitchell, 350 miles west of the Queensland state capital Brisbane, state police Detective Senior Constable Craig Gregory said. The 10-month-old male camel – weighing about 330 pounds – knocked the woman to the ground, lay on top of her, then exhibited what police suspect was mating behavior, Gregory said. “I’d say it’s probably been playing, or it may be even a sexual sort of thing,” Gregory said, adding the camel almost suffocated the family’s pet goat by straddling it on several occasions. Camel expert Chris Hill said he had no doubt the camel’s behavior was sexual. Hill, who has offered camel rides to tourists for 20 years, said young camels are not aggressive, but can be dangerous if treated as pets without discipline. The fate of the camel was not known. The woman was given the camel in March as a birthday present from her husband and daughter. “She had a love of exotic pets,” Gregory said.

7 August 2007
Montpellier, France

The president of a French bullfighting club died overnight Tuesday from injuries sustained when he was gored by a bull that had escaped the ring at a weekend event. Bernard Coffin, 69, was gored in the leg by the young bull after finding himself trapped behind the gate of an enclosure at Saturday’s bullfighting festival in Boujan-sur-Libron. Coffin was taken to hospital in nearby Beziers and operated on but died overnight following the operation, police said.

6 August 2007
Vienna, Austria

Baron Elie Robert de Rothschild, who helped France’s renowned Rothschild winemaking and banking dynasty recover from the ravages of World War II, died Monday while vacationing at his Austrian hunting lodge. He was 90. Rothschild had been on a hunting trip at his lodge near the alpine village of Scharnitz outside Innsbruck when he suffered a fatal heart attack, police in the province of Tyrol said in a statement. He had spent the past several days hunting game with friends in the heavily forested area…

18 July 2007

Teenager dies after friend shoots him in head on hunting trip. Tragedy struck in the Sussex countryside when a student was accidentally shot dead by his friend A teenager died after being accidentally shot in the head by a friend while out shooting. Student Alex Bailey, 18, was hit while hunting pigeons with two friends on farmland in Southease, near Lewes, East Sussex. The trio were shooting at birds from a hide when Mr Bailey was accidentally shot. His parents, Andrew and Sandra, said they were all experienced huntsmen who held current shotgun licences…

3 July 2007
South Africa

The death of Riccardo Ghiazza, who became infamous after a 2003 conviction for torturing baby elephants, will help to raise awareness about the wildlife trade in South Africa. Ghiazza, believed to have been on his way home, was killed on Saturday night when he crashed his black Mercedes SLK on the R512 near Hartbeespoort Dam. He died instantly from head injuries. Ghiazza made news headlines in 1998 when secretly filmed footage of mahouts employed by his company, African Game Services, brutally abusing baby elephants was screened on television. Some of the methods used included starving the young elephants, depriving them of sleep and dragging the animals around in circles while anchored to an adult elephant. Ghiazza was believed to be functioning as a wild animal trader until his death.

22 May 2007
Lorca Region, Spain

Lorca man killed in hunting accident- A 36 year old man was shot dead late on Monday in a hunting accident which took place in the Zarcilla de Ramos area of Lorca… EFE reports that the victim, named as J.L.C. from Lorca, was accidentally shot by his uncle, 60 year old J.L.G., who mistook him for an animal. They were on a night hunt for wild boar.

19 May 2007
Bushkill, New Jersey

Turkey hunter shot in face- BUSHKILL TWP.  A 44-year-old Wind Gap man shot in the face Friday after being mistaken for a turkey was airlifted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill….officials said the victim was shot on the right side of his face while he was in a stationary position calling to turkeys just off state game lands… It was said the victim was wearing eyeglasses that shattered and a face mask that had quite a few pellet holes…the victim took a majority of the shot, which came from about 19 yards away.

23 April 2007
Beijing, China

A schoolboy who climbed over a fence into a crocodile enclosure and taunted the animals with sticks and a catapult was dragged into the water and eaten. The nine-year-old, whose family name was given as Liu, and three friends sneaked into the crocodile park at the Silver Beach holiday resort at Beihai in the southwestern Guangxi region on Friday. The children shot at the animals with catapults and beat them with sticks. The official Xinhua news agency said: “One of the irritated crocodiles bit Liu’s clothes and dragged him into the water where he was eaten by a swarm of crocodiles.” His companions then raised the alarm. Investigators searched for the missing boy and decided to check inside the crocodiles. Snipers used pork to lure them out of their pool and shot dead the first animal to lumber on to the bank. Inside it they found human remains that were confirmed to be those of the boy. The crocodiles were still being bred, even though their performances at the park were stopped several years ago and the pool had been sealed off for auction. The park’s owner had hired a keeper to take care of the crocodiles, but it was unclear why the man was not at the enclosure when the boys broke in. The manager and the keeper were being questioned by police. Animal welfare has long been a low priority in China, where many zoos have for years provided bare and often squalid pens for animals that spend their entire existence in the public eye. Even at the Beijing Zoo, the prized pandas must now be cordoned off well out of reach of visitors. People have in the past tossed food wrapped in plastic bags into their pens which destroyed the digestive system of at least one of the endangered animals. The latest scandal to attract public attention came last year in Shanghai when a city zoo cancelled its “Animal Olympics” after shows featuring boxing matches between kangaroos and their keepers, bears fighting and riding bicycles and an elephant tug-of-war drew unwelcome publicity. The event was cancelled after animal rights groups posted reports and pictures on the internet.

2 April 2007
Knoxville, TN

A Knoxville man is in serious condition after being shot by a member of his own hunting party. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says Rick Dailey, 47, was shot by William Snyder while turkey hunting in the Chuck Swan State Forest and Wildlife Management Area on Saturday. TWRA says Dailey had a turkey decoy sticking out of the vest he was wearing. Officials say Snyder accidentally shot Dailey because he thought he saw a turkey. Paramedics took Dailey by Lifestar to U.T. Medical Center to be treated for puncture wounds to the neck, face, and upper body. This is the second East Tennessee Hunting accident in just two weeks.

14 March 2007
Valencia, Spain

Bullfight Gone Wrong: Madator in Serious Condition- Spanish matador Fernando Cruz was gored twice during the fourth bull fight of the Fallas season. A 1,200 lb bull gored Cruz in two places. A second bull fighter was also injured celebrating the same festival. Cruz was competing in the fourth bull fight of the traditional Fallas season in Vallencia when things went horribly wrong. The 21-year-old from Madrid was gored twice – once in the buttock and once in the scrotum.  He was carried out of the arena and underwent emergency surgery in a hospital. His condition is described as serious.

25 February 2007
Shulan , Jilin province, China

Bears eat keeper who took their bile- A Chinese man has reportedly been killed and eaten by six bears in Shulan , Jilin province. Han Shigen earned a living by extracting bile from the gall bladders of his captive live bears, according to the Chinese state news agency Xinhua. He was attacked on Monday morning while cleaning the animals’ cage, Xinhua said, quoting the Beijing News. Xinhua said the animals were so enraged that two hours passed before it was deemed safe enough to remove his body. Many parts of the bear, including the brain and spinal cord, have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. The most coveted part is the bile within the gall bladder, which can often be more expensive that the equivalent weight of narcotics. Bear bile can fetch an estimated $1,000 per kilo in Asian markets. The bile is extracted in an excruciatingly painful process which involves slicing into the animal’s flesh and “milking” the substance with a tube. The bile is then used for everything from hair shampoo to wine, as well as medicinal treatments for various intestinal and cardiac-related complaints.

31 January 2007
Alliance, OH

A northeast Ohio farmer was attacked by a cow and died a day later of a fractured skull suffered when his head hit the ground, authorities said. The cow charged Steven Walker, 55, on Monday and knocked him down inside a barn on his farm in Lexington Township , said Rick Walters, a Stark County coroner’s investigator. Walker was pronounced dead Tuesday in the intensive care unit of Mercy Medical Center in nearby Canton. Investigators plan to interview Walker’s 8- and 13-year-old grandsons who witnessed the attack, Walters said. The cow might have become agitated as Walker moved one of her calves.,2933,248899,00.html#

20 January 2007
Brandon, SD

Loss goes beyond limb for man hurt while hunting- Russell Stough feels constant pain in his right arm…The thing is, most of his arm isn’t there. It stops just above where an elbow should be.  “They call it phantom pain, where the brain thinks the arm is still there,” said Stough, 33, whose right arm was amputated last month after a freak hunting accident. On Dec. 14, Stough of Brandon was hunting…Stough ran out of shotgun shells and went to his hunting partner for more. His partner was retrieving a goose at the time, and as Stough approached, a flock of geese flew overhead. As Stough and the other hunter crouched down, the other hunter laid down his shotgun… Then a dog the two were hunting with stepped on the trigger, and the gun went off less than six inches away from Stough. The blast hit him just below the elbow of his right arm…Doctors couldn’t save the arm, so it was amputated above the elbow…Stough said coping with the loss of his limb has been difficult for the family and ‘Just sitting here having my arm exposed makes me uncomfortable…I can’t even look at myself in the mirror. It makes me break down.”

19 January 2007
Klondyke, AZ

Millersburg man killed by own rifle in Ariz. hunting accident- A Millersburg man was shot and killed by his own high-powered rifle while varmint hunting in the Cedar Springs area oon Monday. Milan M. Hershberger, 24, of 2789 County Road 600, was declared dead on arrival by an emergency response crew from Pima. Hershberger had been hunting with his traveling companions…The group first arrived to bow hunt javelina on Dec. 31…After killing their limit of javelina, a type of feral hog, they proceeded to hunt varmints such as coyote or fox…

Hershberger was out on an outcrop of rocks when he noticed a fox coming his way….As he raised the shotgun, the rifle fell off the side of cliff and hit butt-first at the bottom of the 12-foot drop. The impact caused the rifle to go off, and a round hit Hershberger. The bullet entered under his right arm and exited out the top of the shoulder, shattering the shoulder and his brachial artery. Hershberger attempted to return to where his companions were and shouted, “I’m hit!”…By the time response crews from Pima arrived, Hershberger had bled out and resuscitation efforts were in vain.

19 January 2007.

PM’s top aide shot dead in hunting ‘accident’- Police in Ukraine are investigating the death of one of the country’s most powerful and controversial politicians in what is said to have been a hunting accident. Yevgeny Kushnaryov, described as “the right-hand man” to Ukraine’s pro-Russian Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych, died this week after being shot by one of his hunting companions. Mr Kushnaryov and nine other hunters were stalking wild boar in the heavily wooded east of the country when tragedy struck…One version of events has it that Mr Kushnaryov and his friends were on their way home when they saw a wolf and leapt from their cars to shoot at it. In the frenzied firing, he was shot.

11 January 2007
Vernon, FL

A Jacksonville man was shot and killed accidentally by his brother while the two were hunting– While the two were on the family’s Washington County property Wednesday, 24-year-old Christopher Bland climbed out of a tree stand. Apparently Bland’s brother, Joseph Bland, 22, who was standing about 55 yards away, thought his brother was a deer and shot him, the spokesman said.

11 January 2007
Berlin, Germany

Man’s Homemade Mole Killer Kills Him Instead- A German retiree who wired up a high-voltage cable to try to wipe out the moles digging up his garden killed himself instead, police said Thursday. Uwe Werner, police spokesman in Stralsund north of Berlin, said the 63-year-old retired construction foreman was found dead in the garden of his weekend house in Zingst next to a 380-volt cable and metal spikes rammed into the ground.”The moles survived,” Werner said, noting the voltage was enough to run a cement mixer or heavy-duty power saw. “It was in any event an unorthodox method to try to get rid of moles.”

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8 January 2007
Dallas, TX

Fatal Hunting accident in Wichita County- Around 7:30 Saturday morning three men from the Dallas area were duck hunting by the Scales Ranch near Lake Buffalo. Investigators say one of the men`s rifles accidentally discharged hitting 52-year-old Kerry Lynn Mason in the head.
He died at the scene…

8 January 2007
Norfolk UK

A British farm worker needed hospital treatment after being attacked by a herd of pigs, Norfolk police said Sunday. The 51-year-old man was knocked over by a sow at a Norfolk farm in eastern England, prompting the rest of the herd to attack him. “It seems that when he fell, he was attacked by one of the sows and then the other pigs joined in,” a Norfolk police spokesman told Reuters…

30 December 2006
East Devon UK

One of the Westcountry’s best-known farmers – a top huntsman – has died after being attacked by one of his own cattle. Raymond Burrough died on Boxing Day after he was attacked by a bull calf on December 15. He was the Master of the East Devon Hunt, but was also heavily involved in the local Young Farmers’ group, the church and parish council, and his death has rocked the community at Whimple village in East Devon… Mr Burrough had just bought the bull calf at Exeter livestock market when the tragic incident happened. It is understood that the animal attacked him in a shed at Gateshayes Farm, where he lived and worked with his wife Margaret. He was taken to hospital with internal injuries, which proved fatal. Last night, his grieving widow was preparing his funeral, which is due to take place on Wednesday morning.

23 December 2006
Houston, TX

A 38-year-old Houston man was shot and killed in what appeared to be a hunting accident Friday in Waller County. The incident was one of two hunting-related shootings that occurred in the suburban Houston area. In Liberty County, a 12-year-old boy was shot in both legs while squirrel hunting. Waller County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Nichols said the man was duck hunting with four other people when he was shot in the head about 8:35 a.m. .

11 December 2006
Greenville, TN

A Greeneville man died Saturday morning in an apparent hunting accident in South Greene County, authorities said. Larry Broyles, 49, was hunting with his son in woods behind Parrish Drive…Later the son found Broyles lying in the woods with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Huffine said investigators believe Broyles dropped the rifle, which discharged when a branch snagged the trigger.,1406,KNS_347_5205822,00.htm

30 November 2006
Jasper, Wyoming

Jasper man found dead after hunting accident- A Jasper, Ind. man was found dead at Patoka Lake Reservoir Wednesday night, after he apparently fell from a tree stand and suffocated while he was hunting. Brian D. Beckman, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene after friends and family discovered his body at about 10:15 p.m. Indiana Conservation Officer Tom Jahn said emergency responders arrived about 15 minutes later, finding Beckman hanging inverted from the platform of the tree stand. Jahn said the exact cause is somewhat unclear since there are no witnesses, but that it appears something caused Beckman to slip from the stand and catch his foot in the platform railing. Beckman was then unable to free himself, and he reportedly suffocated while hanging upside down. The official cause of death is listed as positional asphyxiation, which Dubois County Coroner Bob Veatch characterized as the weight of Beckman’s body pushing against his diaphragm and suffocating him.

27 November 2006
Athens, Greece

Murder of 5 hunters stuns Greece- Greek authorities are investigating one of the country’s most mysterious murder cases after a family of hunters was killed over the weekend while pursuing their hobby in the plains of central Greece. Police said the five men, aged between 17 and 33, had each been shot at least twice in what appeared to have been an execution-style killing on Saturday in the woodlands of Kalyvia, 280 kilometers (175 miles) northwest of Athens…

17 November 2006

Firearms, tree stands pose hunting dangers. Two Wisconsin hunters died in gun-related incidents so far this fall. A 51-year-old Vernon County woman was killed Nov. 7 when she was struck in the chest by a blast from a 10-gauge shotgun while duck hunting with a 50-year-old man. The gun was pointed in her direction when a dog stepped on the trigger.A 19-year-old man died last Saturday while hunting in Wood County during a deer drive when his hunting partner, a 20-year-old man,  thought he saw a deer and shot the victim in the chest.

November 2006

2 Michigan men die in hunting-related accidents- Two Michigan deer hunters died in accidents this week, including a man who fell out of a tree and an apparent victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.

November 2006
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a warning for deer hunters as a recent rash of
falls from tree stands killed one hunter and paralyzed another.
Hunter Duane Alcott of Evansdale broke his back in his fall near Brandon last month.

15 November 2006
Glasgow, Kentucky

Kentucky hunter drowns while transporting deer by boat- A hunter fell out of a boat in which he was
transporting a deer he had killed and drowned on the Barren River Reservoir in south-central Kentucky, authorities said.

14 November 2006
Upper Freehold, Ohio

Hunter injured in Assunpink shooting accident- A Middlesex County man suffered an eye injury Tuesday when he was struck in the face with shotgun pellets while hunting in the state Assunpink Wildlife
Management Area, according to State Police.

13 November 2006

Hunting Death-A weekend accident claims the life of an area hunter. The accident happened just south of Nevada in Vernon County. The victim was hunting with two other family members. The body has been sent to Springfield for an autotopsy.

13 November 2006
Adrian, Pennsylvania

A hunter fell out of his loft bed and died after being impaled by an ornate metal chair, authorities said. James Frank Schuey Jr., 42, of Worthington, died early Saturday at a camp in Washington Township from a massive loss of blood, according to Coroner Robert T. Bower.

11 November 2006
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Hunter fatally shoots himself near Detroit Lakes– An 18-year-old hunter is dead after accidentally shooting himself near Detroit Lakes. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says the man was hunting by himself 12 miles north of Detroit Lakes when he slipped on ice covering a small pond. The man’s rifle went off – striking him.

3 November 2006
West Elgin, Ontario, Canada

Man drowns while hunting geese- Daniel Jonathan Shaw, 54, died Wednesday when the canoe he was in tipped over in a gravel pit pond. Shaw was hunting geese in West Elgin Township at the time of the mishap. Emergency crews responded but could not save him.